MCDST Exam vs Certificate Retirement RRS feed

  • Question

  • The Microsoft Learning Site informs that the MCDST Certificate must be obtained by passing the 70-271 and 70-272 exams by June 30, 2011.

    Yet it also says these two exams retire on March 31, 2011.

    How, then is one able to obtain the MCDST Certification between April 1 and June 30, 2011?

    Wednesday, December 1, 2010 10:06 PM


  • The short answer is that you cannot sit the exams after the 31st March.

    You cannot obtain the MCDST exam after this, but you can still sit exam 70-621 or 70-682 to upgrade this.


    Microsoft have not released retiring exam information for June 30, see here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/exam-dev.aspx#tab4

    There is a high chance that that the upgrade exams 621 and 682 will retire on June 30 (Not confirmed) as Microsoft tend to retire upgrade exams soon after retiring the certification.


    My best guess is that you can obtain MCDST before March 31, but must upgrade before June 30 if you want to use the upgrade path's available.

    Jarad, MCITP, Brisbane Australia
    • Proposed as answer by Kevin_M_Porter Friday, December 3, 2010 9:37 AM
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Thursday, December 9, 2010 8:17 PM
    Friday, December 3, 2010 7:48 AM